Castles in the sand

Tim Welker, visiting from Fenton, Michigan, builds a sandcastle March 31 on the beach near the Anna Maria City Pier. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

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VIP headed to AMI for DIY Network shows

Realty television star Rob “Vanilla Ice” Van Winkle mugs the camera March 16 from his new Anna Maria home. Islander Photo: Courtesy DIY Network

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AME presents first-grade play

The first-grade boys were featured in several Broadway tunes, including “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” from “Mary Poppins.” Click here for more

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you, Anna Maria island

A tribute elephant decorated with lucky four leaf clover garlands, co-sponsored with the Beach Bistro by The Islander newspaper, honored Judy the Elephant, a parade favorite who died this past year. Click here for more Happy St. Patrick’s Day to …

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AME celebrates Seuss

Kelly Crawford’s kindergarten class at Anna Maria Elementary hams it up for a photo March 2 in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s 112th birthday. The children made paper hats resembling the eponymous cat in “The Cat in the Hat.” Kindergartners Jack …

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Anna Maria: Save history, refurbish city pier

A great blue heron keeps an eye out for a meal on the T-end of the Anna Maria City Pier Feb. 23. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

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January bed tax sees return to form

Beachgoers relax in the sun and the shade of an umbrella Feb. 17, while others enjoy the Anna Maria shoreline on the Gulf of Mexico. It was a beautiful day of clear skies, no wind and temperatures in the 70s …

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‘Dateline’ to air island mystery

Former Manatee County Sheriff’s homicide investigator John Kenney, left, and MCSO Detective Jeffrey Bliss look over evidence in the case of Sabine Musil-Buehler on camera for the “Dateline” show that will air — barring unpredictable NBC network changes — at …

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ame talent show shake it off

Kindergarteners Ella Dilley, Savanna Coba, Taylor June Morey, Maya Suzor and Emma Stinehelfer perform Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” for family and friends gathered in the Anna Maria Elementary School auditorium Feb. 3. for the annual talent show. Click here …

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Crescent Drive fire snuffed

Harry Filkins, seated, and two family members listen Jan. 30 as Manatee County Sheriff’s Deputy Stan Hartley and West Manatee Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Rich Losek describe damage to his home, 140 Crescent Drive, Anna Maria. Filkins said he smelled …

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